Ronald Eugene See

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The present study tested the hypothesis that separate neural substrates mediate cocaine relapse elicited by drug-associated contextual stimuli vs explicit conditioned stimuli (CSs) and cocaine. Specifically, we investigated the involvement of the dorsal hippocampus (DH), basolateral amygdala (BLA), and dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (dmPFC) in contextual(More)
The neural substrates underlying relapse to drug-seeking behavior after chronic drug abuse may differ from those underlying immediate drug-taking behavior. In a model of relapse to drug-seeking behavior following chronic cocaine self-administration and prolonged extinction, we have previously shown that rats will significantly reinstate lever responding for(More)
Environmental stimuli previously paired with cocaine can induce craving in humans and reinstate extinguished cocaine-seeking behavior in laboratory animals. Previous evidence has implicated the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex (PFC) as possible substrates for conditioned-cued relapse. In order to test directly the role of the PFC in a model of relapse,(More)
Rationale: Following chronic cocaine self-administration and extinction, lesions of the basolateral amygdala (BLA) will significantly attenuate responding for secondary reward (tone + light previously paired with cocaine), without disrupting lever responding for primary reward. However, the specific neurotransmitters involved in conditioned reinstatement(More)
This study investigated the ability of bilateral excitotoxic lesions of the basolateral amygdala (BLA) to disrupt cocaine self-administration, responding during extinction sessions, and stimulus cued recovery of extinguished responding in rats. BLA and sham lesions following 7 days of 3 h limited access cocaine self-administration sessions (0.33(More)
Stress and drug-associated cues can trigger drug desire and relapse in abstinent cocaine users. Although the role of these two factors in relapse is well documented, it remains unclear as to whether an interaction between stress and drug-associated cues can lead to an enhancement in cocaine-seeking behavior. Here, we assessed the effects of the anxiogenic(More)
Relapse to drug use following abstinence is a significant impediment in the long-term treatment of drug abuse and dependence. Conditioned stimuli are believed to be critically involved in activating drug craving and relapse to compulsive drug-taking behavior. Studies in humans and animal models have recently begun to identify the fundamental neural(More)
Recent evidence suggests that prolonged cocaine self-administration produces escalation in drug-seeking behavior in rats analogous to the increased intake patterns observed in cocaine-dependent individuals. However, the contributions of prolonged access to cocaine taking vs the pharmacologic effects of the consequent increased cocaine exposure on escalation(More)
Cue-induced reinstatement of extinguished drug seeking is a preclinical model of relapse. However, relapse typically occurs after abstinence rather than explicit extinction training. We show that inactivation of the dorsolateral caudate-putamen, but not other structures previously implicated in reinstatement, attenuates cocaine seeking after abstinence.(More)
Orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) damage elicits impulsivity and perseveration, and impairments in OFC function may underlie compulsive drug seeking in cocaine users. To test this hypothesis, we assessed the effects of fiber-sparing lesions or functional inactivation of OFC subregions on cocaine seeking in rats. Rats were trained to lever press for intravenous(More)